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Old June 9th, 2007, 05:35 PM   #21
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I like that one.

No really, I like the 50s modernism espically as the buildings tend to be so big, and that's a good example of a monster!

I also like the 50s one near Manchester town Hall,


and the one between Birmingham's 5 Ways station, and err.. the 5 ways roundabout itself, who's names escaped me.


Not the best picture of it!
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Old June 9th, 2007, 05:59 PM   #22
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I like that one.

I like the 50s modernism espically as the buildings tend to be so big
And ugly.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 07:11 PM   #23
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Stupid Americans thought they were getting Tower Bridge.

That isn't true. No need to insult a whole nation is there?

It's not actually the complete bridge. They cut of the surface layer of the stones, and reclad them around a concrete shell that was constructed for it. London bridge is mainly dumped in a quarry somewhere.
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and the one between Birmingham's 5 Ways station, and err.. the 5 ways roundabout itself, who's names escaped me.
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5 Ways house
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Old June 14th, 2007, 05:42 PM   #25
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I'm being unfair. Coventry's very much a product of the post-war years, and some of its architecture is good for that era. Belgrade Theatre, Broadgate House to name two. Trouble is, much of it is the same, bland style and a lot of it is just cheap and nasty - Cov Uni, for example.
It isn't that bad....as quoted its a product of the post war years when everything WAS bland! Don't knock it I enjoyed my time at Cov Uni - admittedly i did move after 18 months to London and transferred to UCL.

There is more that 20th century balnd to the place tho.....try Spon Street.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 05:47 PM   #26
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just had a thought.......the area around New Street Station in birmingham is horrible we could drop a small nuclear bomb on the place......I would have included the bullring in that but they improved it no end.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #27
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It isn't that bad....as quoted its a product of the post war years when everything WAS bland! Don't knock it I enjoyed my time at Cov Uni - admittedly i did move after 18 months to London and transferred to UCL.

There is more that 20th century balnd to the place tho.....try Spon Street.
I hate Spon Street. It's a fake street, has about as much charm as my armpit and is filled with fast good joints and crap bars. The Olde Windmill has smashed windows and the landlord can't be bothered to replace them as they just get broken again.

It also smells of fat.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 09:56 AM   #28
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just had a thought.......the area around New Street Station in birmingham is horrible we could drop a small nuclear bomb on the place......I would have included the bullring in that but they improved it no end.
You've got my vote!

Interestingly New St Stn is almost not architecture as it was designed by engineers. It shows.
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Old June 17th, 2012, 03:06 AM   #29
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Old June 18th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #30
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The correct answer is

Preston's Magistrates Court


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Old June 30th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #31
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no, the correct answer is: Civic Centre, Plymouth
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Old July 1st, 2012, 12:13 PM   #32
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Mandale Student Block, Middlesbrough.

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Old November 28th, 2012, 02:15 AM   #33
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That isn't true. No need to insult a whole nation is there?

It's not actually the complete bridge. They cut of the surface layer of the stones, and reclad them around a concrete shell that was constructed for it. London bridge is mainly dumped in a quarry somewhere.
Wikipedia is working hard on its reputability, and the current listing is here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_...ke_Havasu_City)
I went there in 1976 as a kid and it was far from the "worst in the world".

I'd ascribe that tag to what I call "Mortgage architecture", where overworked and underpaid architects are required to knock something out in a hour or two just to get paid by clients interested only in making money to line their own pockets, living far away from the schemes they inflict on others. All the large housing developers in Britain, such as Barratts for example, fall in to this category as far as I'm concerned.

In fact, most bad architecture is due to the demands of greedy clients. It's so ******* hard to become an architect in the first place that no-one would go through the demands of its lengthy education and strictures to earn relative peanuts in the end.
This is not a problem bad doctors have. They bury their failures. The work of bad architects tend to be visible for a few decades at least.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 02:23 AM   #34
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no, the correct answer is: Civic Centre, Plymouth
Despite my post above, I'd find it hard to disagree with this. On all my visits to Plymouth, I've detested the place, and it's Civic Centre was such a shallow imitation of the architecture and architects (I imagine) it sought to emulate that it fell so flat on its face.
On the up side, I'm sure there's fare more souless and even blander projects throughout Romania, Russia and North Korea - none of which I've been to, mind.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 09:13 PM   #35
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyndham_Court

Grade II listed building.

Just dynamite it, such an embarrassment seeing it just as you get off the train.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 07:58 AM   #36
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The Mandale block in Middlesborough... Ouch. Just been a little bit sick in my mouth.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 09:43 PM   #37
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyndham_Court

Grade II listed building.

Just dynamite it, such an embarrassment seeing it just as you get off the train.
I dont usually like the style at all but Wyndham Court really isn't that bad and it could come full circle and be highly regarded in the future. From certain angles I quite like it, not sure why.
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Old February 9th, 2015, 01:14 PM   #38
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These are all by the same architect, id say these belong on this thread

I deeply dislike post modernism and Porthole windows







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Old February 13th, 2015, 02:35 PM   #39
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You've got my vote!

Interestingly New St Stn is almost not architecture as it was designed by engineers. It shows.
I think Coventry Ring road was a product of the Engineering department in the city, not the planning department (I did read that the planners were against it and preferred a surface level series of boulevards with cycle lanes.)
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Mandale Student Block, Middlesbrough.
An awful lot of new student blocks look very similar to this one!
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